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The Georgia Guide Stones
J got a chance to go see the the Georgia Guide Stones in Elbert County, GA this past week. We've heard about them but we've always wondered what they say. While it seems like an ancient ruin it was actually erected in the 1980s and is often referred to as the "American Stonehenge." It's made from 6 granite slabs, stands over 19 feet tall and weighs 237,746 lbs!
In 1979 a mysterious man known only as Robert Christian (no one knows his real name) approached the Elberton Granite Finishing Company representing "a small group of loyal Americans," as he put it, with the idea for the structure. The monument would serve as a compass, clock and calendar that would hopefully be able to withstand natural, human or technological disaster. The company called him "a nut" and quoted him a price several times higher than the cost of labor and material. They were shocked when the mysterious man accepted the quote saying his secret group had been planning the idea for over 20 years.
So, this mysterious man and his secret society wanted 10 things written on the monument. This is what was inscribed in English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.
1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature
On the Inscription.
"Most people believe this to be a depopulation monument due to the first 'commandment.' I do tend to agree with most of the statements except the first, realizing that 500,000,000 is roughly the population of India. This number seems to be a false expectation. But maybe they just forgot a few zeros? The second "commandment" I thought, at first, was very Nazi-ish but I soon realized they were only saying to not f*ck your sister... lol. Everything else I think most would easily agree with."
On Seeing it.
"It felt no different than any other monument I've visited except this one had a little more "fabricated" feel to it. I did find it interesting that this being built roughly 40 years ago and socially already has a sense of mysticism around it. I also reflect on why, in our modern times, we don't have more things like this to preserve our moral and social ideals against the test of time. Carving something into stone, as we've seen in our historic past, lasts a lot longer and has more impact than information stored on a server or harddrive."
Stats For The Nerds.
OVERALL HEIGHT 19 FEET 3 INCHES
TOTAL WEIGHT 237,746 POUNDS
CAPSTONE 9-FEET, 8-INCHES LONG, 6-FEET, 6-INCHES WIDE; 1-FOOT, 7-INCHES THICK. WEIGHS 24,832 POUNDS
951 CUBIC FEET [26.9 m³]
GRANITE QUARRIED FROM PYRAMID QUARRIES LOCATED 3 MILES WEST OF ELBERTON, GEORGIA.
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